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Labour market effects of the polytechnic education reform: The Finnish experience

Böckerman, Petri; Hämäläinen, Ulla; Uusitalo, Roope

Abstract:
This paper evaluates the labour market effects of the introduction of the polytechnic education system in Finland. The polytechnic reform gradually transformed former vocational colleges into polytechnics. Since the timing of the reform differed across schools, we can compare the performance of polytechnic graduates to the performance of vocational college graduates controlling for both the year and the school effects. The results are somewhat sensitive to how the selectivity issues are treated but generally suggest that both the earnings and the employment levels of post-reform graduates are higher in the field of business and administration. The effects are much smaller and usually insignificant in other fields.

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Document Title: Labour market effects of the polytechnic education reform: The Finnish experience
Journal: Economic of Education Review
Volume: 28
Issue: 6
No. of Pages: 672-681


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:Finland
Keywords:Polytechnics, Vocational Education and Training VET, Educational Reform, Transformation, Training Needs


File Size:153 KB
Date Added:02 September 2011


Labour market effects of the polytechnic education reform: The Finnish experience